Secondary students at St Matthew’s Catholic School have achieved high marks in their work for the community, collecting over 400 tins of canned food for the St Vincent de Paul Society in Mudgee.
The cans were collected for the Vinnies Winter Appeal, which St Matts Deputy Principal, Brigid Carrigan, said ties in with part of the syllabus.
“Year 8s focus on service to others in our community through their Religious Education program and one of the things they do is look at the Winter Appeal,” she said.
The Year 8 students were also responsible for organising a special assembly featuring the Can Construction competition where teams attempted to make the highest structure, as well as making the final handover of the collected cans to Vinnies.
“The final result was 438 cans which will go on to help people who are finding it difficult at the moment to make ends meet,” Ms Carrigan said.
She added that the cans collected would be used by Vinnies to help people in the Mudgee region, giving it a local focus that was an important part of the program.
The president of the St Vinnies Conference, Brian McCarney, said the organisation was “very appreciative” of the school’s input into the Winter Appeal, which addresses a real need in the community.
“In the last 12 months we’ve given away more than $26,000 in food to people who have come to see us,” he said. “What St Matthew’s have given will contribute enormously and will supplement the around 600 cans we’ve been given.”